We got a new fence in January. The old termite-infested 36 year old one needed to go. The neighbor’s husky broke through the fence ten times in 16 days and wanted to play with our little dachshund and pounce on his back. What’s this about “good fences make good neighbors?” I’ll say!
So…this past Sunday we had a party and provided all of the food: grilled steaks and chicken, fruit salad, corn on the cob and homemade apple pie. The sign out front said, “Welcome neighbors.” We just wanted to care for them. This is part of our Prayer Care Share strategy to reach our neighbors for Christ.
And they came… 27 of them from 9 different homes. Ten of them were under 10 years of age. People were inside and outside in the garden chatting away and finding connections with neighbors they had never met. One near neighbor who walks with his wife and 3 small children, even though he did not receive a personalized written invitation, saw the sign and came on in. Kids were blowing up balloons and popping them while adults ate sort of peacefully and our little dog ran around trying to figure out how he could get some love.
It was so much fun. We had food left and told the neighbors to cart it away. One mom who had 3 sick children and couldn’t come probably was happy when her hubby walked in with dinner.
Clean-up took time but the joy in our heart was worth it all. I thought about “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and I came up with a party just like this: walk down the street, eat good food where you don’t have to bring anything and talk about what interests you with those you may not have met. Thanks, Lord for the fun.
“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
— Mark 12:28c–31